City v Plymouth Argyle Championship
Sunday, May 6th 2007, 1pm Chris Bennett (Plymouth Argyle fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
It was the last game of a pretty successful
season for Argyle and I was looking forward to a
stress less encounter at a ground I'd never seen
before. The one thing that was riding on the
game was that if we finished 13th or above we
would have improved our league position for
seven seasons running which is apparently some
kind of Football League record.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I got the train from Manchester where I live
which took about 90 minutes. I had some pretty
good directions so I found the ground
easily. It looked extremely impressive as
I approached it. I had forgotten to bring
anything to cover my colours but as it happened
there weren't any problems with the fans mixing.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
My ticket had been lost in the post so I had to
collect another one from the ticket
office. Unfortunately Argyle had forgotten
to tell Hull that I had already paid for my
ticket so I had to buy another one! The
ticket office were extremely helpful and
considerate though and I managed to buy another
one even though the game was all-ticket.
I'd arrived at the ground quite late so once I'd
sorted it out I went round to the away end and
bought some food from the concourse.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
I've been to plenty of bland new stadiums but
this certainly didn't fall into this category.
It was the model of how new grounds should be
built - imaginative and attractive while still
serving its purpose perfectly well.
There was plenty of legroom - being only 5'8
it's rarely a problem for me but I didn't hear
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Argyle were on top for most of the game.
We took the lead on the stroke of half-time
through Peter Halmosi, and doubled our lead
after half-time just after we missed a
penalty. They pulled one back shortly
afterwards but we held on comfortably for a 2-1
win and ended up finishing the season in 11th -
very impressive seeing as we seem to be the
perennial favourites for relegation.The
atmosphere was superb - no doubt helped by the
fact that we started singing anti-Leeds songs
which the Hull fans were more than happy to join
in. There was some entertaining banter
between the two sets of fans, mostly the ones to
our left, but it was all very friendly. To the
end of the game the two sets of fans even ended
up applauding each other which was quite
amazing, I've never seen that before.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
We had ages to wait for the train to Manchester
as it was a Sunday, so we had a wander into Hull
itself which was very attractive. The
train eventually got us back into Manchester at
about 6.30 (bearing in mind it was a 1.00
kick-off for some reason).
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Fantastic ground, great atmosphere which was no
doubt helped by the fact that we managed another
away win. Highly recommended.